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caught up in the faa sequester and this is probably the first hand account of sewing th seeing this. >> we were about to take off and the pilot comes back and doesn't see me cnbc. the faa says we don't have enough air traffic controllers to take off. i said is this from delta? the faa wanted to make it very clear to everyone onboard is that the reason we're not taking off is because they're shorthanded. oh, jim kramer from cnbc, would you please get the word out that we're not taking off because the faa said you cannot come from orlando. we're not ready. we don't have enough people. it was pretty amazing. >> it was orlando to where? la guard wra? >> orlando to kennedy. >> it was absolutely not a weather delay. we are ready to go. delta is ready to go. the faa says listen, you can't come in. we don't have enough people. we can't do the job. it was remarkable. we said how long? two and a half hours? why is that? >> maybe two and a half hours the faa says they might be able to round up enough people to land the airplanes in kennedy. >> that is stunning. i was watching in horror because
penalty. >>> passengers experienced some delays at u.s. airports on monday as the faa began imposing furloughs of air traffic controls. but the widespread traffic never really materialized. flight aware.com says only about 150 flights were canceled. and is while some people waited nearly two hours to take off, delays were much shorter on average. let's get more now from aviation industry consultant ray. ray, good to see you. this isn't just a story about monday, is it? the real question is what happens as these furloughs continue to play out? >> yes. it's going to take at least a couple of days before we see the full impact of these budget cuts. >> talk a little bit about what's coming down the pike. it's pretty significant, to some extent. >> it is. and i think this puts forward a good argument on why the faa should be a public corporation in the u.s. with its own budget to get away from some of the politics of washington. this is a mandatory type of function that the airlines do need and is it's going to be very costly to the airlines, i believe, if this situation continues to move
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